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Bournemouth gave further hope to the Championship’s chasing pack after failing to win for a fourth successive match, with a 0-0 draw at home to Middlesbrough.

Scott Parker’s side failed to break down play-off chasing Boro and were just five points clear of third-placed Huddersfield, with one game in hand, before the Terriers’ late kick-off against QPR.

Sheffield United’s play-off hopes were dealt a blow after a shock 2-1 home defeat to Reading, who gave a major boost to their survival chances. Lucas João put Reading ahead after 17 minutes but the Blades appeared to have snatched a late point through Iliman Ndiaye in the 90th minute. Tom McIntyre went down the other end, though, grabbing a vital Reading winner to move them nine points clear of danger.

Blackburn failed to capitalise on the Blades’ slip-up after losing at relegation battlers Peterborough. Rovers were reduced to 10 men when Tayo Edun received his second yellow card after 41 minutes. Ben Brereton Díaz hammered the 10 men ahead after 77 minutes but Sammie Szmodics levelled six minutes later. Jack Marriott scored the winner three minutes from time but Posh remain nine points adrift of safety.

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Nathan Broadhead (pictured) scored a dramatic stoppage-time header to earn Sunderland a 3-2 home win over Shrewsbury. The hosts led 2-0 after 13 minutes through goals from Broadhead and Elliot Embleton, but the visitors fought back through Josh Vela and Tom Flanagan.

Despite their win, the Black Cats were overtaken by Wycombe on goal difference, after Garath McCleary’s first-half double earned a home win over fourth-placed Plymouth. The top three all play at home on Saturday: leaders Wigan host Cambridge, MK Dons face Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham entertain Ipswich.

Oxford revived their fading playoff hopes with a 3-2 win at struggling Fleetwood. Nathan Holland struck after two minutes and Oxford moved 3-0 up after 16, and while the visitors pulled two goals back, they slip into the relegation zone after Gillingham picked up a point with a 2-2 draw at Cheltenham

Morecambe won 3-2 at Charlton to climb out of the bottom four. Cole Stockton fired the visitors in front and Arthur Gnahoua doubled the lead just before the break. Jayden Stockley pulled one back for the hosts but Gnahoua struck again. Chuks Aneke scored late on, but Derek Adams’ side held on for a priceless victory.

Wimbledon‘s survival hopes are fading after they lost 3-1 at relegated Crewe despite taking the lead, with quickfire goals from Mikael Mandron and Chris Long turning the game. Doncaster look doomed after a 2-1 home defeat to Bolton, with Kieran Sadlier’s winner coming moments after Ademipo Odubeko had levelled for the hosts.

Elsewhere, Portsmouth edged Lincoln 3-2 at Fratton Park with all five goals coming in the second half. Pompey led 2-0 but the visitors rallied, only for Ronan Curtis to get an 82nd-minute winner. Mid-table Accrington and Burton played out a goalless draw.

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Coventry kept alive their play-off hopes after coming from 2-0 down to win 4-2 at Birmingham. Kristian Pedersen headed in from a corner after 12 minutes and Gary Gardner made it 2-0 six minutes before the break. But Mark Robins’ men were soon back on level terms as Ben Sheaf struck twice before half-time. The Sky Blues completed their comeback when Michael Rose headed in after 71 minutes, before Callum O’Hare grabbed a late fourth.

Coventry City’s Callum O’Hare celebrates scoring their fourth goal.
Coventry City’s Callum O’Hare celebrates scoring their fourth goal. Photograph: Bradley Collyer/PA

Barnsley are 10 points adrift of safety after a 1-1 draw at Swansea. Claudio Gomes gave the visitors a 54th-minute lead but it lasted only 10 minutes before Olivier Ntcham equalised. Hull secured a 2-1 win over Cardiff, Allahyar Sayyadmanesh and Lewis Coyle striking in the first 11 minutes before Aden Flint pulled one back nine minutes from time.

West Brom snatched an added-time winner to beat Blackpool 2-1. The Baggies were ahead three minutes before the break through Andy Carroll but Blackpool, now winless in five, hit back to level through Marvin Ekpiteta. Karlan Grant struck three minutes into stoppage time to keep the Baggies’ late play-off charge alive.

Preston and Millwall also drew 1-1, while Jay Dasilva’s 84th-minute winner gave Bristol City a 1-0 win at Stoke. In the early game, Luton beat fellow playoff hopefuls Nottingham Forest through Kai Naismith’s penalty.



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